UK army trainers in Mali

2013-03-27 21:29
British troops arriving in Bamako in Mali as part of a European Union Training Mission. (Cpl Tim Hammond, Crown Copyright, AFP)

British troops arriving in Bamako in Mali as part of a European Union Training Mission. (Cpl Tim Hammond, Crown Copyright, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

London - British troops have arrived in Mali as part of an EU mission to train local forces fighting Islamist insurgents, the Ministry of Defence in London announced on Wednesday.

The team of 40 will help develop the Malian armed forces' infantry and artillery skills, among about 500 troops from 22 European Union countries.

British ministers have stressed they will not join French troops in fighting back the al-Qaeda-linked extremists who seized control in northern Mali.

Twenty-one members of 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment arrived in Bamako on Tuesday, and they will be joined later by members of the 45 Commando Royal Marines and 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery units.

"Through this mission we will support the Malian government to counter the violent insurgency that has not only disrupted their country, but which also poses a clear threat to our national interests here in the UK," Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said.

"British support to the mission in Mali - including assistance with training, logistics and surveillance - highlights the impressive flexibility of our armed forces.

"British troops will not deploy in a combat role but, through training the Malian armed forces, we can assist in restoring order and denying terrorists a safe haven in the country."

The Bamako-headquartered mission is led by France's Brigadier General Francois Lecointre.

Expected to last around 15 months, the training will take place in Koulikoro, 60km northeast of the capital.

Read more on:    mali  |  west africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.